Blair Athol 2009

Blair Athol is the core whisky of the famous Bell’s blend, for which it is matured in Ex-Bourbon Hogsheads like this one. Its bready, nutty character works exceptionally well as a drier base upon which the other whiskies can build their flavours.

Bottles of single malt Blair Athol are usually finished in sherry casks, whose sweet notes also build well upon the nutty base – but this cask bares Blair Athol’s soul to the world. Maturing for 11 years exclusively in an Ex-Bourbon hogshead has allowed the drier, bready notes of Blair Athol to gain sweetness and become a bit more like cake or pastry. Sometimes a buttery croissant is indulgent enough, without needing to slather it in jam as well.
This cask is also still incredibly high ABV, so likely has many good years of maturation ahead of it.

Auction estimate: £6,500 – £8,500

For the person who likes: Sugared almonds or dolly mixture.

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Cask Details

DistilleryBlair Athol
Age11 years
Distillation DateApril 1, 2009
Cask TypeEx-Bourbon Hogshead
Re-gauge ABV65.48%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)160.7 litres
New Bulk Litres245.4 litres
Re-gauge DateRegauge Pending
Cask Number70028543

Tasting Notes

“Floral on the early nose, with plums, barley, clotted cream, and ripe pears. Sweet orchard fruits and nutty milk chocolate on the spicy palate. Long in the finish, with black tea and drying oak. Not far from its peak.”

Gavin D. Smith, Author & Renowned Whisky Journalist

“Peach and nectarine on the nose, light, floral, but very textured. On the palate, heather and honey notes, savoury vegetables. This is a dram that really rewards patience.”


“The whisky has a light scent of lemongrass and aniseed, with flavour notes of white grape and milk chocolate. I would be tempted to keep a whole cask of this whisky to myself.”


“The nose brings vegetal notes – mown grass, gardens, roses. Moving to an earthy taste on the palate, root vegetables. Adding water brings out more floral notes of heather and lavender.”


Tasting Panel Video

We simply do not have enough liquid to allow every interested bidder to sample the contents of the cask before purchase. As a compromise, each sample is reviewed by our in-house team and their honest opinions encouraged. Among them, our tasters have sat on tasting panels for, and advised, top names in whisky, such as the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the Waldorf Astoria, the Peninsula Shanghai and The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Watch the video below to hear what our team had to say about this fine selection of casks on Cask 88 TV, our online channel for all things whisky.

About The Distillery

Blair Athol distillery is quietly nestled in the lush Perthshire landscape, nearby the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Atholl – the beautiful 13th century Blair Castle. The distillery is built on the outskirts of the town of Pitlochry; and is one of Scotland’s longest serving distilleries. It is known for producing a distinctly nutty and malty character that works equally well with bourbon casks as sherry.

The distillery is Diageo’s most visited, and has a fantastic reputation with visitors from around the world; many of whom are particularly enamoured by their shiny whisky tasting bar, made from a mash tun sourced from the Clynelish distillery.

Buyer’s note: A regauge for this cask may not be complete by auction close; buyers should bid accordingly.

We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.


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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on October 18th at 5:00pm BST subject to continuation defined below.
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